2013 February 4
It pleased God that I should see that she was not idiotic. She had memory, affection, the power of distinguishing colours and people, pity and sympathy, manifested when I showed her a picture in which were represented dead camels in the Desert, &c. ; and she won upon my heart, and she loved me beyond anything on earth, just because I first showed that I considered her worth trouble. ... Still she was, as you can well suppose, far, far behind even common intellects in many respects.
Well, I brought her to the Observatory ... [William] told me that he had played a game on the Icosian board with her, and "though of course I saw that she did not understand it," said he, "yet I assure you that many a duchess could not have carried it off so well. She had to me quite the air of one accustomed to Castle society, who considered that she condescended to oblige me." I almost felt tears rise as I ... thought of the pitiful sneers that poor nobodies would give at the idea of sitting down to play any game with poor Lizzie.